Trump Deals with the Democrats
Ever since the Solar Eclipse, President Trump has begun working with the Democrats to get some legislation passed. He’s openly criticized Republican leaders for failing to repeal and replace Obamacare, while working with Democrat leaders on hurricane funding, raising the debt ceiling, and extending the DACA program. Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer has been Trump’s key negotiating partner on these new deals.*
New York Senator Chuck Schumer was born with a warm Sun-Venus conjunction in Sagittarius (November 23, 1950; 11:00 am; Brooklyn, NY), which squares Jupiter in the last degree of Aquarius. This sociable, extroverted combination loves media attention, especially since his Sun/Venus is in the tenth house of public reputation. He’s a bit of a showboat, and frequently represents the Democrats on news talk shows.
Schumer’s Sun also opposes Black Moon Lilith and sextiles Saturn in Libra. The opposition to Lilith suggests his deep antipathy for the Republican Party, yet the sextile to Saturn indicates a willingness to make deals when they can find mutual agreement. Schumer and Trump have several tight intra-aspects between their two charts, with the closest being Trump’s Mercury conjunct Schumer’s Uranus: both are at 8º51’ Cancer.
Schumer’s central role in this deal-making began when the Solar Eclipse perfectly aligned with his Jupiter at 29º Aquarius. His progressed Sun is now at 8º45’ Aquarius and forming a tight quincunx to natal Uranus. The progressed Sun-to-Uranus is an exciting wake-up call, and it’s his link to Trump’s communication planet Mercury. They have things to discuss. Schumer’s enthusiasm was evident last week when he was overheard on the Senate floor explaining, "He likes us. He likes me, anyway."
Stock Market Continues Trending Upward
Financial analysts are baffled. Why has the market continually ignored bad news and steadily climbed over the last nine years? We’re now in the second longest bull market in history, and all indications are that it will continue for the foreseeable future. Inflation is relatively low, employment is strong, and two hurricanes and North Korea have not damaged investor confidence.
A look at the U.S. horoscope offers one perspective unavailable on the financial news channels. Transiting Saturn’s opposition to the U.S. Mars, and transiting Uranus’s square to the U.S. Pluto represent two important dynamics that would generally put sizeable doubt on the financial outlook, and turn markets down. And indeed, these transits have corresponded with significant military confrontations and severely damaged infrastructure.
Yet when we look at the U.S. progressions and compare them to the natal chart, the picture changes. The U.S. progressed Sun at 12º Pisces is heading into a trine with the natal Sun at 13º Cancer. This in itself is a fortifying, confidence-building aspect, strengthening American leadership in the business community. The downside is transiting Neptune’s ongoing conjunction with the progressed Sun, which can bring scandal, as we have seen with Equifax.
Most importantly, progressed Saturn is heading into a trine with natal Venus, and will be exact on April 1, 2020. Progressed Saturn moves very slowly and so is rarely considered because its aspects are few and far between. But this one shows the U.S. economy firing on all cylinders. When the bear market ended in March 2009, progressed Saturn was in retrograde motion and at 3º17’ Scorpio, and only 0º20’ from the exact trine to Venus. As Saturn edged backward into this trine, a slow, cautious, but steady trend upward began, led by the largest U.S. financial corporations and institutions.
St. Louis Ruling Under Protest
Immediately after last Friday’s acquittal of a former police officer for the 2011 fatal shooting of a black man, St. Louis erupted in protests. The case exacerbated tensions in a region already struggling with unrest over the police’s use of force and racial profiling. The popular band U2 added to St. Louis’s national profile by cancelling their concert over safety concerns.
St. Louis was founded on February 15, 1764 by French fur traders under the influence of a Sun-Mercury conjunction in Aquarius. The networking sign of Aquarius is given an energetic boost by a close square to Mars in Scorpio. A time of 9:50 am is rectified to give Taurus Rising, since St. Louis was founded as a money-making fort and remains the oldest American city west of the Mississippi River.**
The strong Aquarius influence describes St. Louis’s central role as a networking hub for the American heartland. St. Louis is strategically located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, and became a destination point for diverse ethnic groups, befitting its Aquarian nature. But with the Sun’s square to Mars, tensions naturally arose between various groups. When transiting Pluto conjoined the Taurus Ascendant in August 1861, St. Louis – a borderline city -- was placed under martial law for the duration.
Last week, violent protests began when a Mercury-Mars conjunction squared St. Louis’s Jupiter. Also, transiting Jupiter at 25º Libra activated St. Louis’s natal placements at 25º, including the Sun-Mercury conjunction, Mars, and Black Moon Lilith at 25º Aries. Lilith is in the 12th house and readily corresponds to deep resentment and rage that lurks just below the surface. Transiting Uranus is retrograding back to 25º Aries, and will conjoin St. Louis’s Lilith on November 11. Keep your eye on this one.
* For the background story on these developments, see the NYT article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/14/us/trump-schumer-pelosi-daca.html
** Note that when St. Louis hosted the 1904 World’s Fair, the progressed Midheaven conjoined natal Jupiter.
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